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Charleston, W.Va. (September 26, 2016) – West Virginia’s natural gas industry is providing significant financial and in-kind support to a variety of educational and youth-focused initiatives in the areas of STEM programming, workforce development, youth athletics, teacher training and general student needs.

“With school in full swing across the Mountain State, West Virginia’s natural gas industry is committed to improving and enhancing educational opportunities for state children,” said Steve Perdue, Interim Director of the West Virginia Oil & Natural Gas Association (WVONGA).

Perdue said programming focused on educating students in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) is a priority for many WVONGA members. Recent initiatives include: 

  • Chevron and Southwestern Energy’s support of the STEM Network Schools program through the Education Alliance. 
  • Chevron’s support of the Oglebay Institute effort to align science curriculum in grades 1-8 in Marshall County and professional development training for teachers at Sherrard Middle School. 
  • EQT’s support of the Clay Center’s Power Your Future mobile STEM exhibit.
  • XTO Energy’s Mickelson ExxonMobil Teacher’s Academy support for professional development for Union Elementary School teacher in Upshur County. 
  • Antero, MarkWest Energy, XTO Energy and EQT’s support for the Challenge Program in Doddridge, Marion, and Harrison Counties. 
  • Dominion’s K-12 and Higher Education Partnership grants will engage students in a variety of energy- and environmental-focused science, math and technology programs.

WVONGA members are involved in myriad ways with schools in their operating region. 



The Challenge Program, Inc. contributes to workforce and economic development by connecting business and education to achieve a common objective: the development of a skilled and motivated future workforce.

Antero VP of Government Relations, Kevin Ellis (pictured left) presented each receipient with a check for $200 for their outstanding academic work.

MarkWest, a natural gas company with operations in several states, is planning to build a trucking facility for natural gas liquids near Clendenin.

The company filed for a building permit for the proposed project with Kanawha County late last week.

According to the permit application, the loading facility will cost $2 million, and will be constructed just east of Clendenin, near the existing Cobb compressor station.

wvmetronews.com

INSTITUTE, W.Va. — The California-based company that plans to operate two methanol plants in the Kanawha Valley will use plants in other parts of the world that are no longer in operation.

US Methanol CEO Brad Gunn tells MetroNews the plants are currently in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil and Central Europe.

“We went and bought two existing methanol plants that are in other parts of the world and we’re taking them apart as we speak, transporting them here and putting them back together,” Gunn said.

The Exponent Telegram

CLARKSBURG — Work is continuing to bring three natural-gas-fired power plants to West Virginia, with an estimated $2 billion investment in the three projects, an official with Energy Solutions Consortium said.

Energy Solutions is planning to build the power plants in Harrison, Marshall and Brooke counties, spokesman Curtis Wilkerson said.

CHARLESTON, W.Va.— A veteran of the natural gas industry has been tabbed to head up the organization which represents the industry for the time being.  The West Virginia Oil and Natural Gas Association recently named Steve Perdue as the interim Executive Director following the untimely death of longtime director Corky Demarco.

wvmetronews.com

CHARLESTON, W.Va.— Most of the natural gas utilities doing business in West Virginia have paid less for the product during the past year and that will result in lower rates for their customers heading into the winter, the state Public Service Commission announced Monday.

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